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What Causes Dizziness Along With Tinnitus?

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Posted on Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Question: Yes, Im 69 and decided to switch to a Mediteranian diet 4 days ago. My regular diet was not healthy. I am eating as described in a few recipe books but am very light headed and my ears are ringing. Could this be the result of a sudden change. I want to do whats best for overall health!
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Unlikely to be related

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. The change in diet is unlikely to be related to the lightheadedness and tingling. The organ of hearing lies in our inner ear (vestibulocochlear apparatus) and is also associated with the sense of balance. Sensorineural degenerative changes or even certain viral infections can give rise to such presentations as you have described. vestibulocochlear stabilizing agents like cinnarizine or betahistine might be needed. Please discuss with your treating physician whether they would be right for you.

I need to ask you if you have caught a cold. There is a thin tube on each side connecting between the inner throat and the middle ear (Eustachian tubes). The purpose of these tubes is to equalize the air pressure inside the middle ear cavity. Mucus block of these tubes leads to pressure imbalance leading to indirectly affecting the vestibulocochlear apparatus. An audiometry needs to be done to understand the exact nature of the problem. Steam inhalation should help as water in form of vapor will reach deep inside. It would help in diluting the mucus, thus providing relief.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
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What Causes Dizziness Along With Tinnitus?

Brief Answer: Unlikely to be related Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. The change in diet is unlikely to be related to the lightheadedness and tingling. The organ of hearing lies in our inner ear (vestibulocochlear apparatus) and is also associated with the sense of balance. Sensorineural degenerative changes or even certain viral infections can give rise to such presentations as you have described. vestibulocochlear stabilizing agents like cinnarizine or betahistine might be needed. Please discuss with your treating physician whether they would be right for you. I need to ask you if you have caught a cold. There is a thin tube on each side connecting between the inner throat and the middle ear (Eustachian tubes). The purpose of these tubes is to equalize the air pressure inside the middle ear cavity. Mucus block of these tubes leads to pressure imbalance leading to indirectly affecting the vestibulocochlear apparatus. An audiometry needs to be done to understand the exact nature of the problem. Steam inhalation should help as water in form of vapor will reach deep inside. It would help in diluting the mucus, thus providing relief. Let me know if I could help further. Regards